WaterFire has worked with Providence Rescue Mission to bring you a very special Christmas WaterFire, now in its third year. Thanks to an anonymous donor as a gift to the City, the 41 braziers in Waterplace Park Basin to Steeple Street will burn brightly, turning downtown into a winter wonderland for both Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th. With the holiday spirit of inspiring people and bringing people together, as well as to showcase the incredible work of Providence Rescue Mission, we have planned a memorable event including a festival of trees along the Basin at WaterPlace park, a Holiday Arts Festival Plaza held inside the tunnel at Waterplace/Union Plaza, special musical highlights throughout the night, and more. We hope you will join us on one or both nights!
Thursday, December 12
Held in Slater Park, this annual festival of lights also includes fun events for the family.
Check out the New England premiere of the newest play from the outrageous comic mind of Christopher Durang.
Located in Bristol, Blithewold mansion is a beautiful historic mansion that offers experienced tour guides to explore not only the history of the house and the family throughout the year. Decked out in holiday garb, the tour includes insight in how family stories interweave with the decorations and ornaments and ribbons and greenery.
Friday, December 13
This annual showcase brings together over 65 local and region artists to offer unique, hand crafted wares that offers something for everyone on your holiday gift list.
Visit Providence Performing Arts Center for a special night of holiday-inspired classics featuring the Boston Pops.
Begin your weekend with us at WaterFire! Festivities begin at the close of the workday at 5pm. Throughout the night enjoy the festival of trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses to benefit Providence Rescue Mission, enjoy the handmade wares from local artists at the Arts Festival Plaza, and enjoy holiday music from many local caroling ensembles and choral groups. This annual event, now extended for two nights, will be a fun for the whole family event that we hope will become an annual tradition for everyone.
Saturday, December 14
Visit the John Brown House Museum on historic Benefit Street in Providence, to explore what kind of Christmas merriment (or lack thereof) John Brown and his immediate family would have witnessed in Providence during their lifetime.
Peruse Atwell’s Avenue on Federal Hill for an early evening featuring carolers, holiday treats, and family friendly events to celebrate the holiday’s.
Lighting begins at 5pm though you can come down early to walk around Providence and to visit the Arts Festival Plaza in WaterPlace/Union Plaza Tunnel which will open at 3pm. Throughout the night enjoy the festival of trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses to benefit Providence Rescue Mission, enjoy the handmade wares from local artists at the Arts Festival Plaza, and enjoy holiday music from many local caroling ensembles and choral groups.
Sunday, December 14
The Flea, featuring vintage vendors of all sorts, goes indoors to Hope High School.
Festival Fete’s Holiday Market Held at Rhode’s on the Pawtuxet, this holiday market includes more than 150 contemporary American art and craft artisans.
We hope that you enjoy your time in Providence, the Creative Capitol, by touring the many museums, local stores and culinary delights. Head over to our main page to get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.